Montclair, NJ, [November 20, 2019] – Mountainside Medical Center recently installed the TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System, a state-of-the-art linear accelerator, that allows for radiation to be delivered to cancer patients more precisely than ever.
TrueBeam® brings high-quality, real-time imaging capabilities to enhance treatment accuracy, and the machine is also faster at delivering treatments, which means shorter visits and more patient comfort.
Furthermore, the machine is being commissioned to offer stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS/SBRT), which people in the community may be familiar with from the radio and billboards. While standard radiation treatments are delivered in short sessions, repeated daily, over the course of six or seven weeks, TrueBeam®’s exceptional accuracy enables treatments to be delivered at the same total dose of radiation, but given in just a couple of treatments.
“We’ve essentially introduced a new service line,” says Brett Lewis, M.D., medical director for Radiation Oncology at Mountainside Medical Center. “Patients in need of stereotactic radiation therapies can now access this leading-edge treatment close to home.” As director of SBRT at Hackensack University Medical Center, Dr. Lewis has experience with hundreds of these cases.
“Stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT, is the most exciting development in our field, full-stop,” says, Dr. Lewis. “We have so much to offer patients—both curative and palliative. We cooperate fully with referring physicians throughout the course of treatment to ensure patients get exactly the therapy they need, with optimal outcomes.”
The TrueBeam® system delivers high energy treatments, just to the area where the patient’s tumor is located, destroying cancer while protecting surrounding normal and healthy tissue. The device is commonly used to treat cancers from head to toe, as well as being useful for some benign conditions.
About Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center
Mountainside Medical Center has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. Mountainside Medical Center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about Mountainside Medical Center visit www.mountainsidehosp.com.